Seven-CA arbitrator ‘says $5.3m discount’

An independent arbitrator has ruled that Cricket Australia should provide the Seven Network a discount of $5.3 million, the broadcaster says.

Seven West Media has announced an expert from the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) has made a call on its stoush with CA.

In a statement, Seven West said the expert found that CA should deduct $5.3m from the next instalment of the broadcast rights fee, while a further $3m should be deducted if Australia’s rescheduled one-off Test against Afghanistan does not take place in 2021-22.

But the heated scrap between CA and its free-to-air broadcaster is set to continue on Monday in front of Federal Court Justice Paul Anastassiou.

The hearing is scheduled for 10.15am AEDT in Melbourne on Monday.

Seven have made a series of public objections about the rejigged Big Bash League and Test schedule.

Seven released a statement late on Friday, soon after receiving the final ACICA determination.

“Seven West Media has to date reserved and continues to reserve all rights concerning the expert not having met fundamental contractual conditions of independence,” it said.

“Seven West Media’s preliminary discovery action in the Federal Court relating to what it believes may be actionable Test Match and BBL quality failures by Cricket Australia is set down for 15 March.”

Seven chief executive James Warburton memorably described CA as a “train wreck” last August, threatening to terminate the broadcaster’s $450-million contract with the governing body.

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